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The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink

Kevin Eikenberry

Chances are you have heard the phrase “groupthink” and if so you have a justifiably negative feeling about the idea. The word and idea of groupthink was popularized in the early 1970’s based on a […].

The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live

Kevin Eikenberry

There is a big difference between groupthink and what I call teamthink. The post The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. During this video I talk about the differences, why it is so important, and how as a leader you can improve the chances you get what you want. This is a further expansion of the ideas in this article. Listen to the audio […].

The Problem-Solving Process That Prevents Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

There are two reasons most of us aren’t very good at creative problem solving. First, few people get training in how to be creative in their education. Second, few people understand group dynamics well enough to harness their power to help groups maximize their creativity.

Why Good Teams Make Bad Decisions

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Team Effectiveness Groupthink High Performance Teams Team decision making Teamwork Did you ever watch in dismay as a good team began to make a series of bad decisions?

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Here are My Five Lessons and Takeaways from Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie

First Friday Book Synopsis

Happy talk occurs when group members say that all is going well and likely to go even better—that there is nothing to worry about. ?…happy …happy talk is a principal target of this book. The good news is that if discussion is properly structured and if groups adopt the right norms and practices, they can create […]. Randy''s blog entries

Wiser: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter Cass R. Sunstein Reid Hastie Daniel Kahneman Harvard Business Review Press How to separate [comma] implement [comma] and optimize the divergent and convergent stages of every problem-solving process If Only We Knew What We Know Jackson Grayson Judgment Calls Judgment: How Winning leaders Make Great Calls Noel Tichy Thinking [comma] Fast and Slow Tom Davenport Warren Bennis Wiser: : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

Quiet: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain Crown Publishers (2012) How and why our location on “the introvert-extrovert spectrum” influences most (if not all) of our decisions and opinions Throughout most of her book, Susan Cain takes a balanced approach to the immensely difficult task of examining the [.]. Bob's blog entries Albert Einstein Andrew Carnegie being or at least seeming “cool C.A.

The Problem is Not Too Many Meetings – The Problem is Too Many “Bad” Meetings

First Friday Book Synopsis

On Friday, I presented my synopsis of Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie (Harvard Business Review Press; 2014). I started my presentation this way: The problem is not too many meetings; the problem is too many bad meetings. There is no doubt that practically all progress […]. Randy''s blog entries

In 100 Words: Perils of Blind Conformance


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Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

Leading Blog

These are questions that require you to challenge groupthink, conventional wisdom, and your own biases. B EING A LEADER often means making far-reaching decisions that require major investments of time, resources, and energy. Complete certainty is seldom possible.

Groups; Meetings; Communicating – You’re Doing It Wrong! – (Insight From Wiser By Sunstein And Hastie)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I thought of this Slate series as I was reading Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. has an occasional “You’re doing it wrong” article. What a smart, good, right-on-target series. Their articles are usually on day-to-day tasks, like “You’re doing it wrong: scrambled eggs.” Sunstein and Reid Hastie, my […]. Randy''s blog entries

Is the Time Right For You to Speak Out?

Lead Change Blog

That being your motivation, how do you step in the opposite direction—away from peer pressure, business norms, groupthink, and the power of conformity—to share a perspective that’s contrary to both expected and rewarded workplace behavior?

Originals or How Non-Conformists Move the World

Leading Blog

Dealing with Groupthink. Cohesion in a group doesn’t cause groupthink. T HERE ARE SO FEW originals in life. “We We find surface ways of appearing original—donning a bow tie, wearing bright red shoes—without taking the risk of actually being original.

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2014

Leading Blog

Wiser : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter. Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December. The Best Place to Work : The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman. A Year with Peter Drucker : 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Maciariello. Winning the Long Game : How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future by Steven Krupp and Paul J.H. Schoemaker.

7 Ways for Leaders to Deal With Bias

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink : the psychological phenomenon for alignment that occurs within a group of people because of the desire for, and/or pressure to, have harmony or conformity. Once upon a time there was a boss who was an extrovert and who preferred working with extroverts.

10 Ways to Keep “Post-truth” From Crippling Your Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Discourage groupthink and don’t shoot the messenger. A few things have happened recently that increase performance pressure on character-based leaders who are dedicated to doing what’s right: The Oxford Dictionary announced the word post-truth as its 2016 word of the year.

The Master and His Emissary: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "left brain/right brain" dichotomy or conflict the New Groupthink “How do we understand the world [comma] if there are different versions of it to reconcile?” The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World Iain McGilchrist Yale University Press (2009) “How do we understand the world, if there are different versions of it to reconcile?”

The 11 Essential Elements Needed to Achieve True Collaboration

Leading Blog

Without diversity groupthink sets in. Dan Sanker states that ironically, in order to remain “competitive” companies will have to become more collaborative. Collaborate: The Art of We is a practical guide to going beyond democratic or cooperative work to creating truly collaborative work environments as a growth strategy. Collaboration is not a new concept, but globalization and new technologies have turned it into one of the best methods of competitive advantage available.

How to Avoid 3 Big Mistakes About Being Biased

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink says it’s brash extroverts that make the company thrive. Go ahead—second guess yourself.

Want to build high-performing teams?

Coaching Tip

The trick for managers is to cultivate belongingness and uniqueness simultaneously, focusing on diverse talents and experiences without stereotyping or alienating employees, or making them reluctant to share ideas that set them apart and lead to groupthink. .

A Silent Leadership Killer


Groupthink is powerful: a little unethical conduct here, a white lie there — justification is available for every integrity-compromised action. Almost every leader I know will tell you that he or she places integrity at the top of personal values. Given the widespread leadership failure that led to the Great Recession — I wonder how many of those leaders had integrity as a core value?

Incumbentitis - The Anti-Innovation Disease

Mills Scofield

Netflix Menasha Innovation Culture Innovation Incumbentitis Incumbent IBM Groupthink Ford AppleWell, we've just been through quite an election - out with the ‘old', in with the new - well, somewhat, there were several incumbents re-elected. This isn't a mandate for or against either party; it was a mandate for an economic revolution to get rid of big government and make one that works for the people. Is the government capable of re-inventing itself? Of innovating?

"Studies Show"


That's especially scary given the dangers of groupthink. Forgive me if I don't genuflect at the words "Studies show." I've seen what is behind many studies and the picture is not pretty. Poor samples, biased questions, and illogical or sweeping conclusions are just a few of the problems.

A time and a place for brainstorming techniques

Rapid BI

Brainstorming often gets a bad press, with the popular belief being that it fosters groupthink and generally hinders the creative process. New research shines a new light on the value of brainstorming however, especially a bit later in the creative process when ideas have already been generated. Management Brainstorming brainstorming research business strategy Chartered Management Institute collaboration guest idea generation technique

Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

In articles in both the New York Times and The New Yorker earlier this year, the concept of brainstorming as introduced in the 1940's by Alex Osborn has been attacked as ineffective and linked to the concept of " Groupthink.". Suffice it to say, we dislike consensus-based "Groupthink" as much as the next person. Over our many years of experience, we have seen managers effectively use three simple techniques for avoiding "Groupthink" during brainstorming.

When Teams are Traps


This is well worth your time: Susan Cain on the rise of the new groupthink. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place.

One Woman on a Corporate Board Equals Fewer Accounting Errors

Women on Business

Instead, she suggests, “heterogeneous groups are less susceptible to groupthink.” NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: According to The Wall Street Journal , just 15.6% of corporate board seats at Fortune 1000 companies are held by women (up 1% from the prior year). What’s most disheartening about this statistic is that research shows again and again that diversity creates stronger teams and higher outcomes.

The Evolution of Team Meetings


Diplomacy: "If you tell that groupthink joke again, Ed, I'm going to scream." First Team Meeting Attitude: "This is an exciting project and I'm glad to be here." Diplomacy: "Thanks, Ed. That's the sort of thinking we need here." Open-mindedness: "Did Carol get a chance to talk?" Unspoken: "I don't know this subject very well but I can learn a great deal from the others." Fourth Team Meeting Attitude: "I'm beginning to wonder if we all have the same goal."

Leading for Others

Great Leadership By Dan

In addition to the well-known dangers of groupthink, when leaders exclude Others , they also exclude the varied perspectives and ideas that could help the leaders make better and more imaginative decisions.

Work Together or Fail Alone

Coaching Tip

Jonah Lehrer's article, "GroupThink" in The New Yorker , January 30, 2012 states that brainstorming seems like an ideal technique, a feel-good way to boost productivity.

A Team of Rival Perspectives


This “team of rivals” was able to provide a variety of perspectives and create a tension over the solutions that avoided the traditional, yes-man saturated groupthink sessions that marked so many other president’s cabinets. One element that fosters creativity is the ability to see an issue from multiple angles. When leaders build mechanisms that give them these various perspectives, they are more likely to see creative solutions. One fascinating example is that of Abraham Lincoln.

What Produces Major Problems: A Checklist


LeadershipNow 140: January 2017 Compilation

Leading Blog

Unleashing Creativity And Avoiding Groupthink by Michelle M Smith via @octanner. Here are a selection of tweets from January 2017 that you might have missed: Don’t you love the beginning of a new year? by @mark_sanborn. Do team values unite or divide your team? JesseLynStoner. Your Only Competition Is Yourself by @paul_larue. The Impoverishment of Attention by Shane Parrish @farnamstreet. Five Culture Killers in Your Organization by @GrowingLeaders.


Act Like A Leader

Eric Jacobson

Awhile back, Herminia Ibarra released her latest book, Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader. Contrary to popular opinion, Ibarra argues that you have to act your way into a new type of leadership thinking instead of thinking your way into it.

Amazon Is Right That Disagreement Results in Better Decisions

Harvard Business Review

In short, Amazon discourages conformity and combats groupthink. Kenneth Andersson for HBR. When I worked in the federal government, I was amazed at the large numbers of factual errors in widely-read stories, even in the best newspapers.

Quick Management Review


The amount of groupthink. Check out: Customers. Team members. Mission. Goals. Values. Clarity. Training. Achievements. Setbacks. Timelines. Culture. Responsibilities. Rewards. Excuses. Punishments. Execution of the basics. Availability of reliable information. Availability of resources.

Why You Should Care About The Revenue Forecast

The Idolbuster

The President and CFO were hungry for revenue growth, and via a process that sounds a lot like groupthink, the executive team convinced themselves that “we should be able to make $10M on this product this year.” Chapter 9: Paint Your Environment: Part 5. As I argued in the last post , if you want the company to do the right thing, make sure you have a set of numbers to back it up.

How Structured Debate Helps Your Team Grow

Harvard Business Review

Many of us are familiar with the hazards of Groupthink - when teams or organizations operate on autopilot and feel a general false sense of invulnerability.

Miscellaneous and Fast


Tanmay Vora on diversity and groupthink. Seth Godin on the math of favors and the shortcut to success. Interview with Dan Schneider, entrepreneur. [HT: HT: Althouse ] Sensory Dispensary on The Beatles. Wally Bock : Advice from Helmuth von Moltke on assigning work. The New Republic's list of over-rated thinkers. Tim Berry on bad news as a test of leadership. Michael Walsh on The Full Alinsky. Roger von Oech suggests thinking like a wise fool

Miscellaneous and Fast


Robert Lawrence Kuhn on the Internet and groupthink. Tanmay Vora on insights from successful teams. The Pirates : A new political party in Berlin. The New Republic : A book on the making of a fashion model. David Brooks says he's a sap. Cullen Gallagher has started a crime fiction column at the Los Angeles Times. The Department of Justice likes a good muffin. Michael P. Maslanka on lawyers, friending, litigation, and Facebook. Paul Ryan on simplifying the tax code.